1. What is Pathways to Home?
2. How does the Program Work?
3. What makes Pathways to Home Unique?
4. How can families become involved with the Pathways to Home program?
5. What happens when a family does not qualify for entry into the Program?
6. How long may a family participate in the Program? Is there a maximum time limit?
7. What is expected of families enrolled in the Program?
8. How does the Pathways to Home Program avoid duplication or gaps in services for families?
9. How do we evaluate our program?
10. Does Pathways to Home need volunteers?
11. Is it possible to have a corporate sponsorship?
12. How can I donate to the Pathways to Home Program?
13. What financial accountability does Pathways provide to ensure the proper use of donations?

What is Pathways to Home?

Pathways to Home is a Seminole County Collaborative of Not for Profit, For Profit, Faith Based Organizations, private citizens, and government agencies coming together in Seminole County, Florida, to eliminate homelessness among families with children. Our partners sign a Memorandum of Understanding to coordinate and integrate services more effectively in order to assist homeless families who have made a commitment to work on a plan to reach their goals for stability.

How does the Program Work?

Each family entering the program is assigned a trained, dedicated case manager who assists and guides the family in defining goals, accessing needed resources, providing training and other supports essential to long-term stability and productivity.

What makes Pathways to Home Unique?

Regular Family Team Conferences (FTC’s) are the principal mechanism for ensuring a strengths and needs driven, individualized plan is developed with each family. The plan draws upon the unique strengths, supports, values and experiences of the parents and children. FTCs are also the means by which progress is assessed and continuing support is provided. Our approach is to involve families respectfully, by mutually agreeing on how modifications may be needed to ensure family stability. We believe that assistance should not be prescriptive or coercive but based upon family knowledge, pride and ambition. The families and the program sign a Mutual Agreement to become partners on the family’s journey to independence.

How can families become involved with Pathways to Home program?

Families may contact the program directly or may be referred by any partner agency. When openings are available, a Referral Worksheet will be completed to ensure that the family meets the criteria for initial entry into the Pathways program. The criteria are as follows: (a) Seminole County resident with children, (b) families who are without permanent housing or face the likelihood of becoming homeless, (c) family is working, employable or have stable income and meet guidelines for low income services, (d) motivated as evidenced by signing the Mutual Agreement committing to stay connected to the program for up to one year and (e) the entire family agrees to participate in the teaming process. If a family meets the criteria, an Initial meeting is set to conduct an interview, explain the program, and collect information on the family’s view of their strengths and challenges. This is the point at which the family and the case manager agree they are a good match, the family is accepted into the program and the first Family Team Conference is scheduled.

What happens when a family does not qualify for entry into the Program?

If a family does not meet the program entry criteria, or we do not have openings available for direct assistance through Pathways to Home, our partner agencies remain ready to provide help and assistance in their individual areas of expertise. Our trained staff will provide information and referral resources to address the needs of those who cannot participate in the program.

How long may a family participate in the Program? Is there a maximum time limit?

In the Mutual Agreement the family and case manager agree to maintain a minimum of monthly communication with one another (although more frequent contacts are the norm). Families move forward at different speeds depending on their strengths and needs when they enter the program. From six to twelve months is our focus, unless unusual circumstances require additional time for services. After completion of the program, families are contacted to review their status, provide encouragement and evaluate the continuing impact of the program.

What is expected of families enrolled in the Program?

At entry into the program, each family signs a Mutual Agreement with the program, agreeing to identify a team of supports to assist them on their journey to self-sufficiency. The family agrees to actively participate in Family Team Conferences, to develop an individualized plan of action to reach their goals, to establish savings, develop a course of action toward debt reduction or resolution (if needed), increase their knowledge of money management skills by completing a Financial Literacy Education course, and follow guidelines established to ensure effective and continued service provision. Families determine their own best course of action with the help and support of their team. The teaming process focuses on solution building, and when teams are developed with natural supports such as family, friends, church members, etc. the family is empowered to sustain themselves well into the future.

How does the Pathways to Home Program avoid duplication or gaps in services for families?

The Pathways Collaborative is working toward systematically and comprehensively weaving together what has been a disconnected or loosely connected set of social service agencies across Seminole County. By utilizing a shared web-based data collection system, evaluation process and case management approach of Family Team Conferencing, the Collaborative pinpoints exact services needed, identifies resources to appropriately address those needs, avoids duplication of and gaps in services, reduces paperwork, and gives each participating agency the information needed to help their client families succeed. With this united and coordinated approach we are able to deliver services more effectively and faster and reduce client frustration and confusion.

How do we evaluate our program?

We are documenting what we do and evaluating how well it is working in many different ways. Pathways to Home has teamed with The Health Council of East Central Florida, the University of South Florida, Northland Church, (who designed the web based collection tool through Resource Point) and the University of Central Florida to create the framework for the evaluation design, data analysis and collection methods to determine the efficacy of our strategies. We are evaluating three strategic areas of the program: 1) our client families’ progress toward self-sufficiency, 2) the effectiveness of the Family Team Conference approach, and 3) the degree to which there is increased collaboration and efficiency across the Collaborative partner agencies. We will gather data through assessment tools, surveys, interviews, and observations with client families, case managers, partner agency personnel and other persons as appropriate. These data will be analyzed and reported on a quarterly, semi-annual or annual basis and will serve as the basis for making necessary improvements along the way and for judging the overall success of the program in producing the desired outcomes.

Does Pathways to Home need volunteers?

Definitely! We are always looking for energetic and motivated volunteers who are interested in helping with our Program. There are many opportunities to suit different skills and abilities.

  • Office support – data entry, filing, answering phone and special projects.
  • Fundraising Committee Volunteers- Helping Pathways to raise money for family services.
  • Speaker’s Bureau- Represent Pathways To Home in the community at various events and speaking opportunities. Volunteers for the speakers’ bureau should be outgoing, able to communicate well, and most importantly have a passion for the work Pathways To Home is doing. Assistance in preparing speakers will be available if needed.
  • Special Occasions- Planning and implementation of holiday parties for families in the program

Is it possible to have a corporate sponsorship?

Nothing would please us more. If your company or organization is interested, please do not hesitate to contact our Program Director at akraman@pathwaystohome.org or call us at 407-268-6363 and we will do everything we can to make sure your donations are well spent in the fashion you desire.

How can I donate to the Pathways to Home Program?

We thought you’d never ask! We are in need of financial resources in a wide variety of areas to support our families and the Program. Examples of our client families’ direct needs are described below. But in order to keep everything running smoothly we also have a wide range of programmatic needs including community outreach and community materials, support for our facility, case manager training and support, program evaluation and dissemination, and records maintenance.

You may make a one-time donation, set up quarterly/semi-annual/annual payments, or choose from other arrangements by clicking on the DONATE NOW button.

Here are just a few examples of how your donations can be used:

$25 Backpacks & School Supplies (1 child)
$50 Monthly bus pass (to commute to work or for job search)
$100 Gas Card (for one month to commute for employment)
$200 Utility Deposit
$350 Supplemental rent assistance for one month while in program
$500 Child Care – one month  for one child so parent can work
$1,800 Securing housing to include security deposit, utility deposit, one month’s rent
$5,000 Education Scholarship for toward certification to increase income
$1,000 to $10,000 One time or ongoing donation toward program/overhead costs to sustain the Pathways to Home Program

All you have to do to donate is to click on the Donate Now button in the right hand side of any page on the website.

Your donations are tax-deductible and a receipt will be mailed to each donor who donates via credit card online. If you choose to send a check via mail, simply request a receipt and make sure you include your name and return address. Donations should be made out to “CBCCF” (Community Based Care of Central Florida, Inc. is the fiscal agent for Pathways to Home) and please  write “Pathways to Home Program” on your notation line at the bottom left of your check.

What financial accountability does Pathways provide to ensure the proper use of donations?

Community Based Care of Central Florida, Inc. (CBCCF) provides fiscal oversight to the Pathways to Home Program. CBCCF is a not for profit 501(c) 3 organization and is registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services as required by the “Solicitation of Contributions Act.” File #SC-09573/LD. CBCCF has operated in Seminole County for more than 8 years, and the one and only mission is to develop and manage a comprehensive coordinated, community based system of care for abused, neglected and abandoned children and their families. www.cbcseminole.org CBCCF was established as part of a statewide legislative initiative launched by the Florida Legislature to convert components of the state’s child protective services to the private sector. CBCCF has robust procedures and tools for fiscal and program management. The organization uses Solomon Accounting Software which supports data segregation by program. An accrual account system is used and records are retained following the Records Retention policy of CBCCF. As a result of these procedures CBCCF’ Audit confirmed sound fiscal controls. Audit Available upon request. All requests for funding from foundations, corporate and individual donations, fund raising projects, and other sources for the Pathways to Home Program are applied for under the CBCCF non-profit organization on behalf of the Pathways to Home Program. Without funding support from the community, Pathways would not be able to operate and meet the needs of our families in Seminole County.